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June 2011

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Features Works by Rich Ponder

The Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg will present the exhibit, Gathering Signals, featuring photographic compositions by Rich Ponder, on view in the Guild Gallery in the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, from June 1 - 27, 2011. A reception will be held on June 16, from 6-8pm.

Ponder’s latest work investigates the often overwhelming combination of primitive and modern stimuli in contemporary life. In his words, the show asks, “What happens when one gathers the signals of the ancients and combines them with the constant bombardment of information modern man is forced to endure?” Ponder attempts to answer this question in his dreamlike imagery using digital processing and various printing techniques.

While Ponder describes his medium as “digital photography,” he stretches the definition of that genre with his innovative printing and preservation techniques. Gathering Signals features giclées and “MetalPrints”- “a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets.”

A native of Cowpens, SC, Ponder studied at the College of Charleston and the Savannah College of Art and Design, including a stint in London. Some of the professional clients he worked with after graduation are Warner Brothers, Disney, 20th Century Fox, and Sony. He has since left the entertainment mecca of Orlando, FL, for a big log cabin in Cowpens, which he shares with several rescue dogs. Ponder is an active member of the Spartanburg Artists’ Guild and sits on the board of the Cherokee County Alliance for Visual Artist. His award-winning work can be seen in various galleries throughout the Upstate.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or call Robin Els at 864/764-9568

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